According to the Ventura County Office of Education, in 2018, 5,291 students were temporarily doubled up or at-risk of homelessness. 538, or 10% of them met the federal definition of homelessness.
Youth Rescue Staff are available day and evening to work with runaway, homeless, couch surfing youth or youth who are at risk for running away or homelessness. Services are provided to youth ages 12-21. Youth Rescue Staff meet with youth in community settings such as schools, libraries, or another agreed-upon community location. Youth Rescue Staff provide the following services:
- Street Outreach
- Connection to services via Youth Outreach Line
- Shelter/Housing assessments
- Family Mediation
- Emancipation Information
- Case management
- Youth specific resource information
Follow our street youth outreach Instagram where youth can message our team directly.
Juvenile Probation Early Intervention Services
Staff offer Diversion classes to youth referred by Ventura County Probation Agency. The program targets youth that have received first time and/or low level citations. Diversion Classes include violence prevention, graffiti prevention, substance abuse and petty theft.
Interface Children & Family Services provides programs and in-person emergency response for youth in crisis or experiencing homelessness. Sometimes clients have nothing more than their person. Care Bags ensure that survivors’ immediate, concrete needs are met as well as provide dignity as they begin to re- build their lives. View our full list of in-kind needs here.
Child Abuse Treatment Services
(For children who have been victims of: physical or sexual abuse, bullying, community or school violence, parental substance abuse, domestic or family violence, abduction, neglect, or traumatic incident (for youth up to age 18 – no cost); English and Spanish language.
1-805-485-6114, ext. 662 for information or to schedule an appointment
Ventura County Crisis Team
In case of a mental health emergency – a suicidal child or teen; a child or teen who wants to hurt him/herself or hurt others; OR an out of control child or teen.
The Ventura County Crisis Team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The National Runaway Safeline – National Runaway Hotline
1-800-786-2929 or 1-800-Runaway
California Youth Crisis Line